UCLA In the News September 29, 2017

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

How Earth’s formation deprived us of silver and gold | Washington Post

In an analysis for Nature, University of California at Los Angeles geologist Edward Young noted that evaporation is not a cure-all interpretation for oddities in our planet’s composition. Earth and Mars have different silicon ratios, for example, which Wood and Hin’s findings can’t explain. Nor are these studies the first to suggest evaporation as the reason for Earth’s missing elements. But, Young wrote, “their relative success should encourage further exploration of the potential role of collisions in determining the chemical and isotopic compositions of planets.”

A housing solution for teachers and firefighters | KPCC-FM’s “Take Two”

“If we’re not going to be able to provide affordable housing, what we need to do as a community is decide who gets affordable housing,” [UCLA’s Jerry] Nickelsburg said. “One way is to say we would like teachers to live in the community where they teach. In order to do that, they have to be able to afford to live there. An alternative would be for the school district or the city or the county to go in partnership with those teachers.”

Zika grew deadlier with a small mutation | New York Times

The viral coating protein that contains the S139N mutation is “used in viral assembly” before part of the protein degrades, said Genhong Cheng, a microbiologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study. So S139N may make the coating more protective or help the virus assemble more effectively, he said. “It certainly seems like this particular mutation is able to at least make a contribution to making it more virulent,” Dr. Cheng added.

Appeals court blocks enforcement of D.C. concealed carry law | Washington Post

If D.C. officials decide to try to save the city’s law by appealing to the Supreme Court, the D.C. Circuit’s ruling could set up the kind of split among circuits that the high court looks for before agreeing to hear cases. “The court will have to step in now to provide uniformity in how we understand the Second Amendment,” said Adam Winkler, law professor at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Immigrants held by ICE struggle to find legal aid | Los Angeles Times

UCLA law professor Ingrid Eagly analyzed 1.2 million deportation cases between 2007 and 2012 to address the lack of access to counsel. She found just 2% of detainee cases had free representation. Most immigrant attorneys came from solo practitioners or small firms.

Why Los Angeles’ luxury homes are ridiculously expensive | Business Insider

“There are a lot of newly minted millionaires and billionaires out there, and that newly created wealth is often accompanied by a higher propensity to spend it,” says Paul Habibi, Lecturer of Finance and Real Estate at UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. “With both tech and finance wealth in Los Angeles, luxury home prices will continue to rise.”

How virtual reality saves lives in the OR | Forbes

“Surgical Theater technology gives you an amazing ability to immerse yourself in the anatomical structures and mentally rehearse the entire operation ahead of time. It also allows you to reorient yourself during critical steps of a complex surgery,” explained Dr. Neil Martin, Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at UCLA Medical Center.

The highest-paid TV actors | Forbes

But the landscape of television is shifting, and TV seems to be getting more diverse: Minority actors comprised 11.4% of the lead roles on broadcast scripted television, according to UCLA’s 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report. That’s an increase of more than 3 percentage points over 2016. The longer shows with diverse casts are on air, the more leverage their stars will have to negotiate higher salaries. So don’t be surprised to see stars like Anthony Anderson, Terrence Howard and Sterling K. Brown on the list in years to come.

Dawn mission celebrates 10 years in space | Phys.org

“Our interplanetary spaceship has exceeded all expectations in the last decade, delivering amazing insights about these two fascinating bodies,” said Chris Russell, principal investigator of the Dawn mission, based at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since its launch on Sept. 27, 2007, Dawn has achieved numerous technical and scientific feats while traveling 4 billion miles (6 billion kilometers). It is the only spacecraft to orbit two extraterrestrial solar system targets.

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